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Cherry-picking temperature data?

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) now states that 2014 was the hottest year on record. They proclaimed this back on January 16. NOAA actually lists three sets of global temperature data, one based on a network of surface thermometers and two based on satellite readings. The two satellite data sets show 2014 as being third and sixth. Moreover, the thermometers ranked 2014 only 0.04 degrees Celsius ahead of the previous hottest year on record, which is (barely) within their nominal margin of measurement error of 0.05 degrees Celsius.

Call ‘BDS’ groups what they are

The Israel-delegitimization efforts by groups such as the boycott-oriented BDS organization represent not only anti-Israel but anti-Semitic actions (“Using boycotts to delegitimize Israel,” Web, Jan. 22). Evidently these same groups hope to soften up Israel and turn world opinion against that democratic nation, allowing Iran with its nuclear and long-range missile program to dispose of Israel and its six million Jews.

Fight Boko Haram with mutual interests

About the same time as the Paris massacre at Charlie Hebdo, Boko Haram was murdering hundreds, perhaps thousands of innocents in the town of Baga in northeastern Nigeria. Jihadists in Nigeria have brutally targeted innocents throughout the region. But make no mistake; the root cause has little to do with religion. We must confront the material realities of the discontent. This is a war that will never end, and consequently we cannot win if we do not grasp the underlying causes. Ideas, no matter how perverse, do not come with consume-by dates.

Make ‘drug-free’ more than slogan

The Berlin Wall divided the city of Berlin into east and west. As such it restricted progress of the city. Like the Berlin Wall, a wall of denial about employee drug use exists in local school systems. Also like the Berlin Wall, drug use restricts progress. However, unlike the Berlin Wall which was constructed of stone, the wall in the local school systems is constructed of marijuana, cocaine and other drugs.

Stop U.S. self-disarmament

Common estimates of the number of privately owned guns in the United States are between 300 million and 310 million. No one really knows the exact number, and these figures include both legally and illegally owned firearms.

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Impose SOTU rules now

Two recent op-eds about the president's State of the Union speech ("The president's fictional record," Web, Jan. 26 and "When politics defies reality," Web, Jan. 27) highlight the need for a revised State of the Union format. Structure needs to be imposed on these speeches before they descend further into balloon releases.

Romney's return

This is to put in my two cents in support of Mitt Romney as the Republican candidate for president. It is an unfortunate truism in this day and age that a winning candidate must be tall and handsome with an attractive wife. Abe Lincoln would never make it now, nor would some of Mitt's potential rivals.

Diseased and indebted

President Obama's State of the Union this week was an entirely appropriate speech for a country on the brink of collapse ("The state of the president," Comment & Analysis, Jan. 21). It was once again a diversion for short-term political gain.

Obama no threat to terrorists

Aside from the occasional lone-wolf attack here at home, I am not convinced that a coordinated terrorist assault is imminent inside the United States. While terror cells are no doubt inside our country, why activate them now and provoke a nation with a president who is weak and sympathetic to their cause? By skipping out on the recent Paris rally, President Obama has sent our enemies the message that should they unleash mayhem throughout Europe the response from the United States will be as anemic as it has been elsewhere.

Move on out, Terry McAuliffe

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe brings his form of leftist tripe to Virginia ("Gun control advocates, opponents square off in Richmond," Web, Jan. 19). The commonwealth's residents know history, particularly Mr. McAuliffe's.

'Islamophobic' loaded, inaccurate term

The term "Islamophobia" may be the most misused term in the contemporary lexicon. Standard dictionary definition of the word "phobic" is an exaggerated or an irrational fear of something. Given the horrific savagery that has been so prominently in evidence throughout the world over the past 20 years in the name of Islam, it is not possible for any thoughtful human being to have an "exaggerated" or an "irrational" fear of Islam.

Turkey's Cyprus incursion nothing new

Guy Taylor's "Newsmaker Interview" with Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ergun Olgun ("Cypriot union threatened by dispute over oil and gas rights," Web, Jan. 11) is a public relations ploy by Turkey to lure the public away from Turkey's latest violation of international law: its 'gunboat diplomacy' in the eastern Mediterranean and incursion into Cyprus' Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ).

Give single mothers college chance

Peter Morici's language about single mothers in the op-ed about President Obama's proposal for free community college is problematic ("Obama's bogus community college giveaway," Web, Jan. 14). Mr. Morici creates a vision of the impoverished single mother who lacks confidence, suffers emotional distress, lacks reading and math literacy and is waiting in the wings to enter and disrupt institutions of higher education. He resorts to fear mongering to falsely warn of this "risky" type of student in effort to dissuade the public's approval of Obama's plan.

Another White House gaffe

Last Friday Secretary of State John Kerry brought James Taylor to the stage to sing "You've Got a Friend" to the French people ("John Kerry in Paris, set for James Taylor croon: 'You've Got a Friend,'" Web, Jan. 16). It was widely seen as the Obama administration's way of saying sorry after failing to send any high-level officials to the "Je Suis Charlie" March in Paris, which was attended by 2.7 million people, including 40 heads of state.

Obama's persistent tax delusion

Apparently President Obama did not get the message that he and his party were trounced in the November elections. By handing the Senate to the Republicans and providing a larger GOP majority in the House, the American people voted for divided government, meaning that they want either gridlock or cooperation and production. I believe their overwhelming support for Republicans signifies an interest in the latter, yet one would not know it from the way the president is behaving.

Saudi Arabia funds terror

The time has come to identify the primary instigators of terrorism as being Sunni Muslims. What do the perpetrators of the USS Cole attack, the two attacks on the World Trade Center, the recent attacks in Canada, Australia and France, Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki, the Islamic State and al Qaeda all have in common? They are all tied to Sunni terrorism, sponsored philosophically and financially by Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

U.S. must step up

As France changes its foreign policy and sends an aircraft carrier to help fight the Islamic State following the Paris terrorist attacks, American leadership is still needed to coordinate and unite 40 nations ("Key U.S. military command's Twitter, YouTube sites back online," Web, Jan. 13). Russia is building up forces facing Poland and the Baltic states and is fortifying Kaliningrad. The Islamic State and al Qaeda are planning more attacks. China continues to dominate and threaten its neighbors. Now more than ever effective leadership is needed to deal with increasing Russian aggression, the increasing radical Islamic threat and continued Chinese expansion.